As the title of this post suggests, I am trying to to be cool about this but I REALLY CAN’T.
One of my favorite bands EVER – PHOENIX is coming to Manila. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!??!
Fine, I’ve seen Phoenix twice before, first time was in Jakarta and the other time was during their set in Coachella back in 2010.
Jakarta in 2009
Obviously, I would pay good money and travel just to see Phoenix live. They are amazing performers with their own brand of indie pop which I can only really describe as something that makes me and a lot of my dearest friends happy. PLUS, in case you weren’t sure either, I am a HUGE FAN OF SOFIA COPPOLA.
I know, aren’t we talking about Phoenix the band, Grace? WELL, Thomas Mars, the lead singer, is married to Sofia. So if it isn’t obvious, there is a (slight) possibility IDOL (like how Keri and I love to call Sofia Coppola) is coming to town.
SO Manila, you better be freakin’ ready for some chic things to do for our IDOL!
And as an aside, did you know that Sofia Coppola lived in the Philippines while her dad filmed Apocalypse now? She even knew our national anthem!
Anyways, back to Phoenix in Manila(Sorry, I like to pre-amble and be non-sequitur) – So when Barry tweeted about the band coming to Southeast Asia with gigs in Singapore and Hong Kong, we all sorta formed an “MNL Hipster” prayer brigade. I’m getting too old to travel for music and honestly, if bands like The XX or events like Wanderland get sold out, I don’t see why a band like Phoenix can’t make the numbers. Ask any major music fan of the last 10 years and I’m pretty sure they will tell you that Phoenix is a BIG deal.
With the higher being on our side, it was announced a week and a half ago that YES, Phoenix added Manila to their Asian tour. And I flipped. Well, WE ALL DID. I started screaming like a mad woman in my car! I was beside myself, I couldn’t care less that I was stuck in a horrendous traffic jam going home.
All the bad vibes just melted away – Manila has somewhat arrived in the scene. I feel like our coolness points as a destination went up ten-fold. We are the new BROOKLYN, YO. What’s next? Artisinal bacon? Homemade organic soap? Power yoga lunchbreaks? (of course, I say this with some major doses of jest, people. LOL). And thank you to at least 10 people who had messaged me via SMS, twitter and facebook about this concert. Everybody knew I was a Phoenix fan. LOL.
How do you get tickets, you ask? They started selling them last Monday via SM Tickets which by the way was the WORST ticketing system EVER. I had to panic buy mine while waiting for a major meeting and it was beyond difficult. The SM Ticket system was so archaic and slow plus the VIP section had SEATS.
(They just added that “Standing” part in VIP. WHAT THE…)
I think most of us who had planned to buy in that section thought it would be the usual free for all/standing-room only, but NOPE, you had to get a seat so that added to the process. But luckily, I was one of the few who came out unscathed and had been able to get my seats relatively quick. Yes, I was beyond ecstatic and since then, cannot stop listening to the Phoenix playlist in my music devices.
YOU GUYS, WE ARE REALLY GOING TO SEE PHOENIX in MANILA, !!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! <3 <3 <3